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A   The Story of Chris and Marley
M   At first glance, they appear to might be a match for someone in
 I           be an unlikely pairing - the desperate need of a bone marrow
C            burly, tattooed Windsorite transplant.
O   towers over the tiny little girl from
    Vancouver. They were complete That day for Chris – who had
 I  strangers from opposite parts of the attended the
N   country, leading completely different event at the
    lives, but the more you get to know suggestion of his
T   them and learn about their story, the father – came
H   more this unlikely friendship starts to nearly two and
E   make sense.                            half years later
                                           when he got a
C   Their story began nearly five years call that would
O   ago, before Marley was even born, change his life
M   and when Chris was 26, at an event forever. The
M   Chris attended with his father Brad swab collected
U   Warner in Amherstburg, Ontario. at the event
N   Since the passing of Brad’s brother- years earlier
 I  in-law to cancer many years earlier, indicated he
T   the Warner family has been involved was a match.
Y   in the Katelyn Bedard Bone Marrow
    Association. The Association was Gifted with what
    founded by Bryan and Joanne he described as
    Bedard of Windsor, Ontario in 2005. an “opportunity
    Bryan and Joanne were inspired to to save a life,”
    start this association after losing Chris made
    their daughter Katelyn to Leukemia ar rangements
    at the age of three, when she was with the medical
    not able to find a bone marrow team set to
    donor. The Association sponsors perform the procedure to travel to
    bone marrow transplanted related Toronto for the operation. However,
    research in Canada and offers the day before Chris was scheduled
    awareness and information on to leave, a large winter storm
    making bone marrow and umbilical was forecast to hit southwestern
    cord blood donation. Additionally, Ontario. Knowing that timing was
    the Association hosts ‘Swab Events’ a critical component to the success
    where potential donors (preferably of the donation and subsequent
    between the ages of 18-35) are transplant, Chris was flown out a
    entered into a worldwide DNA data day in advance to avoid the storm.
    bank, in hopes that one day they A non-invasive, mostly pain-free
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